This year the courses had been radically changed with each race beginning with a tough circuit featuring two long climbs. This made for a challenging course despite the excellent underfoot conditions.
The age group with the highest Chiltern representation was the U15s. Sophie Morton was the highest placed Chiltern girl with an excellent run for 16th, leading home the Hertfordshire team. Scarlett Wager-Leigh was second Herts scorer in 72nd and Emily Bannister fourth scorer in 137th.
On the Bucks side Robyn Watkins was second Bucks scorer in 155th, Jess Orr third scorer in 216th, and Orla Fawcett fourth scorer in 222nd. Maddy Lacey was sixth Bucks girls home in 237th. In the team stakes Herts were 16th and Bucks 32nd from the 41 counties competing. Harry Kettle was the sole Chiltern U15 boy taking part and was 193rd and seventh Bucks finisher.
The Bucks U13 Boys team did well, being 5th from 40 counties. Ben Smith had another great run to be 12th and first Bucks scorer. Angus Williams was fourth Bucks scorer in 42nd place but Cameron Reid (169th), Tom Hunter (183rd) and Alex Aldred (199th) all had their races affected after a pile up just after the start. Ben Howell was seventh Herts finisher in 237th place.
In the U13 Girls race Beth Welham was fourth Bucks scorer in 198th and Emily Alderson was fifth Herts finisher in 230th.
In the U17 men’s race Will Perkin was second Bucks scorer but disappointed with 61st. Richard Slade had a solid run to be 118th and fifth Bucks finisher. Jonty Wager-Leigh was not happy to be 101st, despite being the fourth scorer in the team that came 7th. Sam Howell was eighth Herts finisher in 225th.
Hannah Morton had a good run in the U17 women’s race to lead the Herts team home in 34th place. Hannah Thear was fifth Bucks finisher in 168th but, having completed four UKA Cross Challenge races (of which the Inter Counties is the last) ended up fifth in that season-long competition.
Hannah Wardley was 111th and sixth Herts finisher in the U20 women’s race, making her Inter Counties debut and James Repper was 221st and fifth Bucks finisher in the tough 12k Senior men’s race.